Questions tagged [vmware-esxi]

VMWare ESXi is an installable/embeddable virtualization platform based around the ESXi Hypervisor.

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Windows Servers on ESXi 100% CPU at year rollover

We have a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers running on ESXi servers. At year end rollover 2014 to 2015 the CPUs go to 100% and the machines hang. The solution appears to be a hotfix (...
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User permission requirements to log into vSphere Client for iPad and vCenter Mobile Access

I was just wondering what the minimum permission requirements for a user for to be able to log into the vSphere Client for iPad and vCenter Mobile Access. The clients are connecting to a plain ESXi ...
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Checking if two virtual machines are running on the same host

Is there a way to see if several Virtual Machines are running on the same host? Specifically, I have three VMWare VMs (each running a Ubuntu Server 14.04) and I have tried to compare different pieces ...
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Re-importing (Virtual) Foreign Disks on Windows 2003

I have a virtualized Windows 2003 Server machine with one basic disk (boot drive) and three Dynamic disks. The machine is running in an VMWare ESXi server. I had to remove the three dynamic disks ...
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VMware ESXi and Intel DC3700 (NVMe) Poor Performance Even With Intel's Driver

I'm running VMware ESXi 6.0.0 with the Intel DC3700 800GB. My VM is running Windows 10 x64 with 8GB RAM and 4CPU Cores. The entire VM is 32GB and sits on the SSD. I'm using CrystalDiskMark at 1GiB ...
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SNMP OID for VMware Tools on a virtual machine

I have an ESXi host running several VMs. I use snmp to query that host for information. I need to find if VMware Tools is installed on some virtual machine. Is that possible? and If so, which OID is ...
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Minimum Privileges for vmware user for Foreman 1.4 Compute Resource

I am currently trying to add a ESXi cluster I have into Foreman 1.4.1, and am running into a problem with permissions. Currently, I've given a service account the following rights: Datacenter-Level: ...
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Does an ESX hypervisor report stolen time correctly to linux guests

I have a bunch of debian 8 guests running on an esxi 6 hypervisor. top seems to always report 0 for its steal time counter. Is the stolen time reporting supposed to work when linux runs on esxi ...
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NVIDIA QUADRO M4000 vGPU - ESXI 6.0.3 - GPU Passthrough

I'm trying to do a GPU passthrough to a vm (2008 64bit r2) ESXI 6.0.3. After the GPU passthrough and installing the NVidia drivers. I have disabled the VMWARE SVGA. Now in the device manager it shows ...
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VCenter 6.5 Permissions not being applied

I have created a local user using the SHELL, gave it a password and then added it to the Read Only admin group using the UI. I'm a bit clueless as to why the permissions are not being applied though ...
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Disk performance very slow on esxi 6

I have dedicated server with esxi6. I uploaded many iso from vsphere window client and i have 5 vms on it with 2 X1 TB HD SATA. The upload was quick but just now it is taking forever to upload. ...
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How does VMware ESXi differentiate thick-lazy and thick-eager vmdk

I'm using ESXi 6.0.0, and come up with a question. How does ViClient/ESXi know if a thick vmdk is lazy zeroed or eager zeroed? I checked the .vmdk content(several hundred bytes) from command-line ...
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How can I lower the ESXI acceptance level when a forced install has been done?

I'm trying to install a .vib on an ESXi server. This specific one needs an acceptance level of 'community'. I tried to set the level from partner to community as follows: # esxcli software ...
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VLAN Communication between Cisco ASA 5510, and VMWare ESXi 5.5

I've having a problem, where my Cisco ASA 5510-v8.2 can't communicate with VM's in a VLAN specific port group. The Cisco ASA is currently sitting in front of a group of VM's that have public IP's. ...
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VMWare ESXi configuration corrupted on every boot

I've got a problem with configuration appearing as corrupted every time we restart our ESXi server, we get a PSOD and stops booting during the initialization process. This is a test environment, ...
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Cannot establish TCP connection from ESXi to port 9084 on vCenter

One of my ESXi 5.1 hosts fails to download patches from vSphere Update Manager (installed together with vCenter 5.1 on a single machine). The relevant part of esxupdate.log reads: 2015-01-15T07:15:...
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VMXNET3 nic loses the ability to update ARP table after N hours

I have a fedora 18 VM that stops updating the arp table on eth1 after running for a number of hours to days. There are other VMs on the same hypervisor that can access all of the same networks without ...
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Automating Configuration of VMware's vSwitch (OpenStack/libvirt/Nova)

There's a lot of talk now about VMware integrating with OpenStack now. I've noticed that Nova network service is working with VMware's standard and vDS. Deploying a full OpenStack instance is not ...
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Tuning performance in Windows Services for NFS — slow write performance from client to server

Background: I'm using a NFS datastore in esxi5.1 to do some ghettoVCB backups. The NFS share resides on a Windows Server 2008R2 box, using Windows Services for NFS to distribute the share. Writes to ...
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Downloaded -flat.vmdk from snapshoted machine is different everytime

I have a virtual machine running on VMware ESXi 4.1.0, machine has one Thick provisioned disk stored in VM forder (residing on local datastore). I am planning to move the virtual machine to another ...
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Use NAS or Virtualized Server to Serve Files

We are planning to set up 3 VMware nodes and move our infrastructure from physical servers to virtual machines. I haven't decided which NAS to get yet, but I know I need to get one that supports iSCSI ...
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FreeBSD ixgbe driver not working

I recently got a brand new Dell PowerEdge R610 server, I installed VMWare ESXi 5.0 on it and attempted to install FreeBSD as guest OS for squid caching. The server has a PCI-E Intel X520-T2 10Gig ...
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VMware ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor unable to change the swap datastore after upgrade from 6.0

On a standalone VMware host running ESXi 6.5 I'm unable to get the host cache and VM swapfiles to change SSD datastore. It was running ESXi 6.0 (and I used to administer it with the legacy vSphere ...
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ESXi 6.7: Suddenly unable to login

I am currently setting up a new Server with ESXi 6.7 standalone (DELL PowerEdge R620, not part of a vSphere Cluster). This is day two for me working on the Server and for the third time I am suddenly ...
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How to tell (in Powershell) whether Install-ADDSForest is complete?

I have a powershell script that runs Install-ADDSForest to set up a lab environment. The script is actually run via VMware tools. During the Install-ADDSForest process, the Windows server (2012) will ...
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Convert VMs from Hyper-V to VMWare ESXi

I'm having a nightmare with migrating some VMs from Hyper-V to ESXi. The Hyper-V Server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and the ESXi version is 6.5. I've tried using the VMWare vCenter Converter ...
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ESXi 6.5 host does not respond to direct web access after boot (HTML5 client not accessible)

I have a simple ESXi (all default) free install in a home lab network that only has the host, a switch (with builtin DHCP) and a laptop. The DHCP provides both the laptop and ESXi host with IP as ...
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Can esxi hot add memory using vim-cmd?

I've got HotAdd set to true and a bit less memory than I wanted allocated to a VM. I've got this in the vmx file: memsize = "192" mem.hotadd = "TRUE" But, I've cut out my legs to get on the ...
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Why is an unassigned adapter showing up in vSwitch “Teaming and failover” order?

On two out of three ESXi 6 hosts there is an unused adapter showing up in the Teaming and failover section of a vSwitch even though that adapter is not assigned to the vSwitch (see screenshots below). ...
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Send linux kernel paramters to VM guest in VMware

I have research a lot about this but I can't find anything that answers my question. My question is how would I send/pass linux kernel parameters to a VM guest in VMware vsphere (so I don't need to ...
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Finding or estimating sequential vs random distribution of existing system (VMware / SAN)

IOMeter testing says the IOPs of the storage subsystem can range from hundreds of IOPs for 100% random loads to tens of thousands IOPs for 100% sequential loads. Is there any way I can measure or ...
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Running multiple web applications in docker swarm on vmware host

I'm trying to understand how to run multiple web applications on a Docker swarm that is running on VMWare hosts. And how to have external DNS resolve to the ip address of the container that is ...
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How to determine the VM limits thresholds on CPU limit from inside a VM or VPS

I was asked to recently to verify that a purchased VM , was provisioned with the appropriate compute from a hosting company. I suspect they are throttling the machines access to the cpu at 8% or 10% ...
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Maximum transfer rate iSCSI bonding vs multipath

I want to get the maximum tranfer rate with iSCSI from my virtual machine (Linux) to my Linux Storage Host. I don't know iSCSi well so I'm not sure which way is the best for performance. A: Just ...
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Does a Windows 2012 NTP server need an upstream NTP time source

I have a set of 3 Windows 2012 Server VMs running as my domain controllers. These VMs are in an air-gap environment, meaning no access to upstream NTP servers. I haven't been able to configure my ...
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Best practice for configureing vmware dv uplink port groups?

I'm creating a distributed virtual switch - each host has 2 physical NIC's each of which will map to an uplink port. I want to create uplink port groups so i can set up NIC teaming, I wanted to know ...
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So many retransmission over NSX enabled vDS of vSphere

I'm currently on test of VMware NSX network environment and met some trouble. My Environment is: Management Cluster with 3 Hosts and NSX components on 2 dedicated Hosts Compute Cluster with 2 ...
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SQL Server VSS writer interfering with VMWare snapshots

After changing to TSM for the VMWare backups, we've started experiencing an odd issue with our Snapshot backups. We take system drive snapshots as a backup solution for the machine states. All the ...
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ESXi host loses connectivity to embedded USB storage

Referencing ewwhite's SF question/answer here: What happens when the USB key or SD card I've installed VMware ESXi on fails? I have a real simple question. We deal with this constantly and a ...
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How to restore a guest Windows 2012 R2 VM installation/backup from VMWare to OpenStack?

I have a VMWare VM with Windows 2012 R2 installed in DC#1. The machine has terminal services set up with user accounts and permissions, lots of software installed and bunch of things configured that ...
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Convert ESXi 5.0 & 5.5 VM's to Xenserver 6.5

I'm looking to convert about 50 esxi vm's to xenserver 6.5. I am running the free version of xenserver 6.5. I've seen posts for the citrix xen converter tool and I've tried out the VMware OVF ...
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ESXi build with SSD's and storage sharing with HDD

So the plan is to convert 4 boxed servers into all virtual servers with a new server. The 4 servers now don't require much horsepower to do much, so only looking at the Xeon E5-2470 (8C, 2.4ghz, iirc) ...
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VCenter Adding Host - Error “conflicts with an existing datastore in the datacenter that has the same URL”

We have a new Dell VRTX box (2 Blades & Shared Storage). We are getting the above error when trying to add the second host. We've created shared storage(VDISK1) which both ESX hosts have access. ...
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Windows Server 2012 Cluser on VMware esxi 5.5: Rebooting passive node causes san reset on active node

I'm running a SQL Cluster on windows server 2012 on VMWare 5.5 and find that when I restart the passive node to install a patch, the active node is affected. This appears to be covered by the kb ...
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Recommended version of vmtools for Ubuntu?

When I browse VMware's VMtools repository I see that they are up to date on CentOS, but not on (any version?) of Ubuntu. http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.5latest/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/...
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Сan I use IOMMU for VT-d to give each virtual machine one at a time GPU?

If I use VMWare with 4 virtual-machines and 4 GPUs (nVidia Quadro/Tesla), then can I give (move) some devices to different virtual-machines for each by a single card? If I have one of these CPU, then ...
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How do providers auto scale VMs when powered by VMWare

I'm trying to figure out what component of vSphere or other VMWare product is used to manage automatic scaling of resources for individual VMs in the way that these two providers describe: http://vps....
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Why is %si (soft interrupt) in top so high on my VM when I run iperf?

When I run iperf as a client on a CentOS 5 VM running under vmware, why do I see such high %si values in top? We have more experience running Xen and XenServer, and a almost identical centos install ...
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VCenter Upgrade Does not work

Task/Details We need to upgrade our Vcenter enviornment from v4.1.0 Build Number: 799345 to v4.1.0 Update 3 Build Number: 816786 Problem After backing up the database and the SSL certificates we ...
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Grow the VMFS Datastore in to the new space using the vmkfstools fails

I followed Growing a local datastore from the command line to grow my local datastore from the command line. Everything went fine, except Step 11. In my case: vmkfstools --growfs /vmfs/devices/...